Faria and the other two members of her team assessed vulnerabilities and emergency power capabilities in wastewater sectors in Massachusetts. Through data collection and interviews, the team created a pamphlet and map prototype of vulnerable facilities to help their sponsor, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), determine the facilities that require the most assistance and decrease the amount of untreated water released into the environment during a power outage.
Having grown up right outside of Boston, it was especially rewarding for Faria to see the impact she was bringing to her hometown. She also appreciated the opportunity to apply her knowledge to real-world problems throughout her project work.
She and her teammates had a shared passion for their project, which was evident through their collaboration, and strong connections throughout the experience, something Faria says she valued and hopes to continue in the future.